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Affordable homes approved for Bakewell by Peak District National Park Authority

Friday 13 April 2018

Bakewell is to get 30 new affordable local needs homesThe Peak District National Park Authority has approved plans for 30 new affordable homes to be built in Bakewell.

This is one of the largest developments ever approved of affordable homes in the Peak District National Park and the scheme has been supported by the biggest ever capital grant for building local needs housing of £500,000 from Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Nineteen two-bedroom houses, five three-bedroom houses, two bungalows and four one-bedroom flats will be built in the £4.5million scheme on land next to Lady Manners secondary school.

Members of the Peak District National Park’s planning committee voted unanimously to approve the development, which helps address the large local need for affordable homes for young families and single people in Bakewell, the biggest town in the National Park.

Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee, Paul Ancell, said: “This decision shows our commitment to meeting local needs and encouraging housing affordability by allowing this large scale development of thirty new homes to be built in the National Park.

“A great deal of effort and thought has gone into the design of this much-needed development and demonstrates what can be achieved by the partner organisations working closely together.

“We are very pleased with the plans – it is a high quality scheme that will benefit a lot of local families in providing homes in an area where house prices are far beyond the means of many local people. It will also benefit the school through the sale of the land.”

The site currently forms part of the grounds to Lady Manners School. Speaking at the planning committee meeting, chair of governors at Lady Manners School David Coe said: “Proceeds of the sale of the land gives us the opportunity to invest in our field sports facilities which will be better for our students and the local community.”

The scheme has been developed over a decade of close working between Lady Manners School, Westleigh Partnerships Limited, Pelham Architects, Bakewell Town Council, the Peak District National Authority’s officers, Derbyshire Dales District Council and their Rural Housing Enabler.

The Authority recently approved affordable local needs houses in Winster and Taddington, and is working on another scheme in Tideswell.

The new homes in Bakewell will be built in terraces in a small estate set around three cul de sacs. They will be constructed in a mixture of natural limestone and gritstone with blue slate roofs in keeping with the building traditions of the historic market town.

Cllr Lewis Rose OBE, Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, said: “We have worked extremely hard on this project for the past ten years and are delighted on behalf of ourselves and our partners that these much-needed affordable homes have been secured for local people who have a link to Bakewell.

“The District Council has carried out two housing need surveys in Bakewell that highlighted the need for family homes and units for single people. We have allocated £500,000 capital funding to help make this development happen in the National Park, and it is great news that planning approval means work can get underway."

When built the houses will be managed by Waterloo Housing Group.

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